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Mum shares clever Instagram hack which proves you’ve been opening OXO cubes wrong your entire life


While they prove to be a kitchen staple, and are relied upon by home cooks as a means of quickly adding flavour to stews, soups, sauces and gravies, OXO cubes can be messy for those who handle them incorrectly.

But now, an ‘Organised Mum’ has shared her method for freeing the cubes from their foil wrapping which ensures they dissolve into recipes easily – without annoyingly leaving a mess on kitchen counters and the floor.

Gemma Bray, who is based in Sevenoaks, Kent shared her game-changing hack on her personal Instagram account, wowing her some 229,000 followers – The Daily Star and The Express report.

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In her post, she said: “Did you know? This first hit a few years back but I like to bring it back out every now and again (just in case people missed it the first time!)”

Demonstrating the method itself, she showed herself handling a beef OXO cube, before delicately unfolding the foil packaging in an effort not to rip it.

She then went on to pull on the sides of the square – forming a tent like shape before gently pressing the cube which was still in the packet to form a powder.

If the steps provided by Gemma are followed correctly, the foil sachet will now be full of ground-up stock – avoiding a frustrating mess on your kitchen counter.

As a final flourish Gemma then ripped off the edge of the packet, showing that the powdered stock can be easily poured out straight into a dish without touching it.

And her followers were amazed by her game changing technique – taking no time at all to praise her for sharing openly.

One Instagram user wrote: “This was a game changer,” while another, commented: “No way, I’m always trying to rip the damn things open!”

Another 58-year-old was baffled that she hadn’t thought of this sooner, adding: “That is genius! Thank you for sharing and at 58 years old how did I not know this.”

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